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Amber, Furs and Cockleshells: Bike Rides with Pilgrims and Merchants
Amber, Furs and Cockleshells: Bike Rides with Pilgrims and Merchants
by Anne Mustoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.37

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but moe detail in some sections, 8 April 2005
I bought this book having read all but one of Anne Mustoe's books. There are three separate rides:-
1, The Amber Route (Denmark to the Adriatic coast).
2, The Santa Fe Trail (Kansas City to Santa Fe)
3, The Camino de Santiago (she started at Le Puy, to Santiago de Compostela).
All the rides she admits to having written up with a slightly different angle. Of the three, the one I enjoyed the most is the Amber Route where her background as a classics scholar shows, but does not overtake the story. The Santa Fe trail is covered with a race (headwind allowing!) against the approaching winter.
The Santiago route is covered in depth as she crosses France, until the Pyranees. The second part of the route, across northern Spain, was disappointing due to lacking depth. This was probably due to it being her third time along this route; as she admits in the preface there are probably better books on the subject. Having also travelled that route I know how much there is to see and do along this stretch. This route was main reasons I ordered the book so rapidly.
On the whole a good book but some sections are glossed over very quickly, but I would still recommend it for a winter's evening (or two).

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